In addition to producing “Simply Better” solar panels that provide clean, affordable energy, Stion has been busy in the community giving back through its support of a women’s solar build in Colorado. The build was organized by Grid Alternatives, a non-profit that brings solar energy to communities that are unable to afford clean reliable energy.
Earlier this fall, Stion’s Sales Manager Julia Sullivan teamed up with 50 other female solar employees at the 2nd ever Woman’s Solar Build & Leadership Retreat in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The group constructed a 145 kW solar array to be used by the Yampa Valley Electric Association, the only utility in Colorado with a female executive.
In mountain communities, where upgrading and fixing the grid is expensive, the help is especially welcome. The solar array-located in an old coal mining town-will provide access to solar for approximately 40 low-income families. “The solar array is an effective way of educating and empowering disadvantaged communities that might not otherwise have access to solar,” Sullivan noted.
Moreover, bringing the female solar employees together had impact beyond the economic benefits from the array. The local Girls Scouts spoke about the importance of community solar and provided lunch for the participants, earning them a community service badge.
Her first time installing solar panels, Sullivan added that it was exciting to complete a construction with only women on a construction project-an uncommon experience in an industry typically staffed with men.
For more information about Stion’s work to transform energy, Julia Sullivan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.